November 17, 2017 | Spotlight

Finance officers earn certification through Institute training program

Nineteen local government officials from across the state recently earned their finance officer certification through the Institute of Government’s financial management training program. Each participant completed a series of courses designed to enhance understanding of public finance topics.

Writer: Roger Nielsen

Nineteen officials with a variety of local government agencies across Georgia achieved Local Finance Officer Certification in the third quarter of 2017 through the Institute of Government’s financial management training program.

The local government finance officers attained certification by taking courses in payroll administration, governmental accounting principles, internal controls, and more. Five earned Level II certificates, and 14 attained Level I status.

Level I certification requires finance officers to participate in 108 hours of instruction about the intricacies of government budgeting, purchasing, accounting, and other public finance topics. Level II Certified Financial Officers receive an additional 84 hours of instruction in intermediate governmental accounting and budgeting principles, internal controls, and revenue administration as well as public finance electives.

Finance officers now can take all seven Level I courses online, making this Georgia’s only online program focusing on local government finance. The entire Level II curriculum is expected to be available online this year.

The Institute of Government’s local financial management training program provides officials with the information and tools they need to establish sound accounting practices and strong financial foundations in their governments. Since the program's inception in 1972, more than 1,600 local finance officers and others have graduated with certificates and almost 3,800 have received training.

The Institute also works with state financial officers through the state financial management program.


Graduates July-September 2017

Level I

Angie Bennett, Clayton County Water Authority

Connie Bowen, Clayton County Water Authority

Sheryl Bowman, Bibb County Superior Court Clerk’s Office

Melissa Carter, City of Savannah

Michelle Collings, City of Marietta

Sage Glanton, City of Atlanta

Tracey Hudson, City of Cochran

Marion Reader, Gwinnett County Government

Rebekah Reddish, City of Port Wentworth

Ashley Simpson, City of Savannah

Wanda Smith, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners

Vicki Wainwright, City of Butler

Hope Weeks, Jackson County Water and Sewage Authority

Rebecca Whitmire, Forsyth County Government


Level II

Melody Barnes, City of Fairburn

Shaquita Barnes, Atlanta Public Schools

Dante Braddy, City of Perry

Joanna Payne, Gwinnett County Government

Shona Rollins, DeKalb County Government